Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Pay for Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.03 per hour. In the world of Ophthalmic Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $48K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in four lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. The vast majority of Ophthalmic Technicians (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most Ophthalmic Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,465 - $53,219

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$11.65 - $22.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,465 - $53,219  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,243  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,608 - $47,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $22.01  
   
Overtime
$13.83 - $31.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,243  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,608 - $47,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,261
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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At the upper end, Ophthalmic Technicians who move into an Optometrist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Optometrists is a much higher $94K per year. It is not uncommon for an Ophthalmic Technician to continue on to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Ophthalmic Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Refraction, Medicine / Surgery, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Photography are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Medical Terminology, Patient Counseling, and refracting. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Ophthalmic Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Ophthalmic Technicians bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Ophthalmic Technicians will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+23 percent), and New York (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Grand Rapids and Nashville (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Refraction
up arrow 7%


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Medical Photography
0%

National Average
$34,000

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

refracting
up arrow 8%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 12%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 26%
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